Christmas Magic – Cathy Kelly

Christmas Magic - Cathy KellyChristmas Magic
Cathy Kelly

A festive collection of short stories by the natural heir to Maeve Binchy.

Cathy Kelly, the number 1 best-selling Irish author, has created her first collection of heart-warming short stories. Christmas Magic is full of charming tales of life, love and the everyday dilemmas that we all face, all told in Cathy’s warm voice.

From Dolores and Genevieve, two spinster sisters who must finally break free from their mother’s powerful personality, to Alice, who is facing having to open her home and her heart to the one visitor that she doesn’t want this Christmas, from a captivating family story triggered by a letter to Lily’s disastrous arrival at her best friend’s wedding, these are stories to make you laugh, cry and nod in recognition.

Relax and unwind in front of a roaring fire and indulge yourself in these, and many other humorous and uplifting tales. Remember that Christmas comes but once a year, so let the magic reel you in…

I don’t know about you, but from where I’m standing, it’s beginning to look a LOT like Christmas. So what better way to see in the festive season than with a Christmassy short story collection?

Number one bestselling author Cathy Kelly is tapping into the need for yuletide joy and warmth with her latest release, a collection of heart-warming short stories bundled together in the form of Christmas Magic.

In each story, Cathy’s beautifully crafted characters draw you into their world. Whether it’s a grandmother panicking at the thought of faraway relatives arriving to see her life isn’t what she’s made out, a recent divorcée discovering there is life after a marriage breakdown, an unconventional family coming together after Christmas, a dowdy friend’s chance meeting with the man of her dreams or an elderly lady discovering magic, you’re sure to be utterly charmed by each short snapshot of these creative characters’ lives.

While not every tale within is focusing around the most wonderful time of the year, three things are consistent – stories of family, friendship and love; three things at the very heart of Christmas (nope, mulled wine isn’t the main point, sorry).

Normally, I’m not much of a short story fan – I did creative writing as part of my course at uni and the short story semester would send me into a confused rage. How are you supposed to tell a person’s entire story in a couple of thousands words? And, to an extent, I still get this. Because this is my only criticism of Kelly’s latest release – her greatest success in her characters is also her biggest downfall. She draws you in, she grabs your interest and you just want to know more about the lives of all of these people. When each story ends, you’re dying to know what happens next.

Cathy Kelly’s first short story collection is a true winter warmer. Check it out to get in the mood for the weeks ahead.

Thanks to Amy at HarperCollins for sending me this book to review.


Lindsay is 26 (when did that happen?) and lives just outside of Glasgow. By day, she works as the assistant editor for a small award-nominated publisher which produces a range of free magazines, and by night, she spends her time searching the internet for ugly knitwear, obsessing over boy bands and watching trashy TV.

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